At the beginning of 2006, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah became one of Myspace's early success stories with a debut full of a very crazed brand of indie-rock; seemingly part inspired by Talking Heads. In truth it was a patchy album redeemed by a few excellent tracks. The band's follow-up may seem rather quick but it does suggest they spent a lot more time on the songwriting.
Songs such as 'Emily Jean Stock' are almost Spector-esque in their approach. 'Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles In The Air And Burning?' features a shimmering backdrop and a more sedate pace suggesting British Sea Power. Centrepiece 'Goodbye To Mother And The Cove' brings to mind a group of drunken seafarers bemoaning being adrift from home. Naturally, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's unique selling point is still Alec Ounsworth; a frontman whose vocals seem permanently on the verge of dementia so when a track doesn't seem to be going anywhere ('Arm And Hammer' for example), his tones grate like nails across a blackboard. Perhaps it's telling, therefore, that the post-punk influenced 'Satan Said Dance' is one of the best offerings here. Yet the band have now cultivated a warmth in their music though and it's all over the title track and the excellent 'Underwater (You And Me)'. Moreover, there seems to be an underlying concept or theme of men lost at sea and - in its own weird way - it works rather well.